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Bertie’s Book of Spooky Wonders by Ocelot Emerson
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Publisher: Tantrum Books
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Twelve-year-old Bertie Blount is great at causing trouble. When she’s forced to leave behind her dad and friends in North Carolina so her mom can marry the most boring optometrist in the world, Bertie has a chance at a fresh start.
But when Bertie arrives in Pennsylvania, she doesn’t just bring trouble; she brings disaster. In a moment of anger, Bertie unwittingly triggers an accident that puts her future stepbrother in a coma.
Broken and desperate to make things right, Bertie prays for a miracle. Instead, the universe gives her a pair of supernatural sunglasses, a wise-cracking doppelganger, and a terrifying ghost that sends Bertie on a dangerous mission to find the one thing that just might save her stepbrother’s life.
I had to delete a number of excellent scenes of Bertie in her home town in North Carolina.
I cut scenes of Bertie with her family and friends.
Bertie watching fireworks with her dad.
Bertie finding her stray dog Leon. Or Leon finding a stray Bertie rather.
All of these scenes were either in the first chapter or part of Bertie’s backstory.
Ultimately, I decided they all had to go in order to get Bertie’s plot jumpstarted from page one — which is excellent advice for any storyteller. Get in late, get out early. Cut off the heads and tails of each and every scene and only give your readers the juicy stuff.
A great screenwriter/film director from last century named Billy Wilder said every storyteller must follow three rules. “Do not bore. Do not bore. Do not bore!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ocelot Emerson is the freakish result of a mad scientist’s experiment gone horribly wrong. Born half magnificent cat, half malicious human, Ocie escaped from the secret International Prison For Wayward Creatures, and into a deep dark woods, only to be captured by a pack of ravenous ghost wolves. In a stroke of good fortune, the Great Spirit Wolves set aside their natural disdain for all things feline and accepted the cat person into their pack, where they taught Ocie how to hunt and tell bizarre yet heartwarming tales. Bertie’s Book of Spooky Wonders is Ocelot’s first novel aimed at feral and phenomenally gifted children. That means you, kid!
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James Robert says
Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.
Woohoo! This is Ocelot. Thank you, James. Great fun stuff ahead.
You’re excellent and I hope you get even more great fun things from reading the story!
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a good book.
Hi Rita, it’s better than good — it’s superfantastic. This is Ocelot responding to you.
A headstrong, young girl who’s constantly in trouble finds a pair of sunglasses that allow her to see a vengeful ghost as well as a better version of herself. Throw in a boy in a coma, a furious sister, a legendary ax-murderer, and a whole bunch of fantastical twists and viola! You have a great emotional and fun story that’s going to stay with you in the best of ways.
Cathy French says
This has a really cute cover. Sounds great for the young audience.
YES! Cathy French, you have excellent taste. Everyone says that about you, especially me! This is Ocelot sending you love. I’ll also grant you one wish. But you really have to believe it will come true. And make it a good one. Ready, GO!
Victoria Scott says
Sounds like a good my daughter would really enjoy!
Hi Victoria, this is Ocelot. Thanks for posting. My biased opinion, your daughter will love this book.
And so will all her friends.
Real quick story, I gave the very first draft of BBOSW to writer friend who has a 13-year-old son who hates to read. Her kid’s a sports fanatic who only wants to play Fortnite and football (he has to read 20 min each night however for his school).
The next day, my friend called me in tears. Her son had read the entire book in one night. “That’s never happened before!!!”
Much love to you, Ocelot
Danielle Hammelef says
Fun cover and sounds fun to read.
Danielle, you are excellent in every way. This is Ocelot and I think you’re great and going to LOVE-LOVE this book.
Sounds real neat, perfect for the fall season.
Thank you, Calvin. This is Ocelot. There’s so much fun, and spooky, and more fun stuff in between these pages. I bet you’ll wish you could find a pair of glasses like Bertie has. Sure wish I did! Thanks for posting your comment, Super Calvin!!!
Susan Smith says
Sounds like a cute book. I like the cover.
Hi Susan, this is the author Ocelot. I’m so glad you like the cover (what good taste you have). It gets even better in between the covers. A really fun and emotional, and inspiring ride. Bertie’s one of a kind. Thank you for posting. You’re excellent.
Sounds like a very good book.
Hi Sherry, this is Ocelot. We’re kindred spirits — you have two wolves in your post. I love it. I’m absolutely sure you’re going to love this book. There are two wolves in the very first chapter. And from there it only gets better and better!!
You rock, Sherry
Kathy Cozzarelli says
The cover looks cute.
Hi Kathy, this is Ocelot, the author of BBOSW. If you think the cover is cute (and so do I) it gets even cuter, and funer (I know that’s not a word, but work with me), and more excitier (also a non word) inside.
Thank you for posting Kathy. Let me know how you liked the story. Your friend, OE
BN, this is the writer of BBOSW, Ocelot Emerson. Thank you for posting. I really hope you’ll enjoy the book. Lots of fun, and emotional, and semi-spooky stuff in there. It’s a story you’ll remember long after you’ve reached the last page.
You rock, BN,
Mya Murphy says
The cover is adorable!! My niece would freak out!!
Hi Christy, this is Ocelot, the author of BBOSW.
Thank you so much for your Cozy Corner. It’s even more than cozy, it’s tremendous I LOVE IT!
You could not be more excellent if you tried (but try anyway, right). What you’re doing is fabulous and so are you!!!
In appreciation, I grant you two wishes. Usually, I only do one. That’s how super fabulous you are, Christy!!!